Monday, 12 May 2014

work bags etc

Found a good pattern for cross body work bags, big enough  to hold stethoscope, purse, lipstick, timesheets, pens , glasses and small ( sadly) bar of chocolate

its called the two zip hipster by erin erickson

I do find the zip insertion a bit complex, so may try some modifications on the next one I make

I did a trial one in lovely Tula Pink meteor fabric. Strap needed some extra holes, so great excuse for buying another gadget, Draper pro rotatable punch. Goes through leather really easily.

Had a request to make one for night sister at work, she loves teal, so used my bluey/green batiks for that one. Now another nurse has asked for one "with cherries". Nice to be asked, but now got to go on hunt for suitable cherry fabric, order more leather straps etc.Previous bags were made with my scraps, as I need to continue to keep digging away at scrap mountain.

So back to my EQ7 quilt, have paper pieced  top row today 

Friday, 2 May 2014


Yay, finally got the Mac version of EQ7
Took an eternity to download with our rubbish broadband, but eventually managed it
Wasting many happy hours fiddling around, even watching the idiots guide videos, although can't seem to restart the videos once I pause them which is a wee bit trying.

This is my first design, trying for something simple that I can do 

I love the way red and pink glow together 
Foundation pieced blocks, however the fabric yardage estimations do not take account of my way of foundation piecing which is to use huge fabric pieces to make sure I  fill each space

Made 3 blocks so far 

Had  a small drama today when my quilting ruler fell off the top of the sewing machine ( why was it there I ask myself) and managed to get underneath and break the needle mid seam, whooa. 

Monday, 28 April 2014

Spring !

New enthusiasm with the advent of Spring
Gone a bit mad
Most excited as have booked up for festival of Quilts, the whole festival
whoooo hoooo

Makes this month include these addictive little pattern weights

Also got a bias tape maker as felt the need for a new gadget
got a 2 inch quilt tip for it too, it only folds it in half but its so much  fun running it through the machine

last meeting of London Modern Quilt Guild the challenge set was to do some curved piecing. One of our members demo'ed  for us, and I found the tip of starting in the middle rather than at one end essential

Bag making again, not perfect but OK for me to use

And trying some Tula Pink blocks from her book
 '100 modern quilt blocks'

To  give you a laugh, look at my first try at a top with my own bias binding, spot the mistake?

Found something on my quilt border

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ah, blogging...I remember that

Well, at last first blog of 2014

Err, we got a puppy just before Christmas, and my life has been in suspended animation since

Ted, ready to go for  first walk , firmly strapped into coat

Reminds me of when Robyn was born. I am not a natural go with the flow person. 
I understand some people actually have a puppy and get on with their lives as well.

Late February, finally tried to get back to some sewing, so let little pooch ( Ted ) into room. 

Within 30 seconds she found the only pin on the floor and trod on the sewing machine pedal

Did that seam quite fast....OUT YOU GO !

But, finally got the simply solids amaranth july quilt together and  I like, you like?

Daughter is now 15, and capable of looking after doggy whilst I attended London Modern Quilt Guild at last. Enjoyed the meeting. Good buzz, as we have now joined modern quilt guild, whoo hoo!

Challenge this month was to make a boxy pouch which Cara from pink stitches demoed for us, thanks Cara. Chose some linen mix solid to combine with print.Used fairly light fusible interfacing, so a bit too floppy for my liking...but with lots of stuffing and starch spray made it pull itself together for the photo. I enjoyed the simple zip, no fannying around with zip tabs. Should have waited until my order of chunky zips arrived, but when you want to get on with a project, you just have to go for it.When they do arrive, I can make more.The zip is not a nasty royal blue, honest. I think iPhoto enhanced it a bit too much.

One of my junior docs sent me this photo of his bubby wrapped in the quilt I made for  her...sweet.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

back to bags for a while

Needless to say, I really need to  get my simply solids bee quilt together
Been auditioning the blocks

Can't decide on the sashing colour……..maybe grey? or maybe not

So rather than bite that bullet, have been making some bags again
So great to have a project that only takes 1-2 days to complete

Here is this weeks offerings

Grey and more grey

Fancy chandelier fabric  and self covered button closure

Christmas mash up with not enough red fabric to match seams, oops
Its batting-ed and interfaced and quilted a little. The pattern was miranda day  bag by lazy girl, but I folded in the side  interfaced fabric to make to a more boxy shape which I prefer.

And a market tote for a thank you present

            Are you still making for Christmas? 

Friday, 6 September 2013

barley pincushion

Been wanting a threadcatcher for a while as my norm is to spread threads all over my flat with any project.

Found  several good tutorials, but could not find what the Americans call ' belting'

Eventually after long chat with BF, she suggested  the material she had used to make her husband some clown trousers (no comment)

Further searching revealed corsetry 'boning' which is just what I needed to stiffen top of  thread catcher

Decided to fill the cushion with barley to which I added orange oil...BUT perhaps should have waited for that to dry before adding to pincushion as it stained the linen fabric . Doh!

Finished 2 custom  quilted sofa covers, packaged them up with some  fragranced wood sticks from IKEA, and will be delivering them next week in Wales. Hope she likes them as I am sick of the site of them now. 

Otherwise, new obsession = preserving. Made first batch of blackberry jam from allotment fruit ( no tending from me, wild! ). Very pleased with the set.

Got quite a lot of tasteless tomatoes from balcony crop, so want to turn those into tomato and chill jam today. IKEA also very good for airtight jars..80p each. 
Good old IKEA !

Sunday, 25 August 2013

summer making

Really enjoying having August off work
Making something  everyday when I should  be perhaps doing the odd bit of housework, but I think I am a fully paid up member of  the domestic sluts brigade.

Had to clean up the flat a bit so R could have a friend  over, made them both pencil cases for the new term. R had chosen the grey prints.

However, was told by R in no uncertain terms , NOT to give one to her friend as its just not cool to have matching pencil cases, silly me.

Somewhat bruised by this encounter, I  found an unfinished quilt top and decided to  quilt it up...and thats what I have done  today

Also  planning to make 80 cupcakes for my niece's 21st. Thinking of doing super hero cases with multicolour iced cupcakes with love hearts decorations;   a retro vibe I think. Quite a responsibility to get it right!

Missing R who is at camp this week, flat seems too quiet without her.